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Assessment of environmental effects

An Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) is a written statement from you that identifies and details potential environmental effects that might arise as a result of any work you are undertaking, and how the negative effects of this work could be avoided.

An AEE must be included with a resource consent application and is viewed favourably in the resource consent process because:

  • they increase the understanding of the environmental effects of what you are proposing to do
  • they help identify alternative ways to avoid, remedy or mitigate any negative effects on the environment
  • they help you to take others' views into account
  • they can result in a better design for your intended activity
  • the extent and detail of the information required as part of an AEE will vary depending upon the nature of the proposal and the issues involved.

What are environmental effects?

Under the Resource Management Act, the term 'environmental effect' refers to virtually any imaginable change to the environment at and around the location of the proposed activity.  Environmental effects can be:

  • positive or negative
  • temporary or permanent
  • past, present or future
  • cumulative (occurs over time or in combination with other effects)
  • of high probability
  • of low probability but high impact.

Some examples of environmental effects are an increase in traffic, soil erosion, changes to the character of the street or landscape, loss of recreational value, or noise and visual impact.